No matter what your name is, what you’re thinking, or what sort of mood you’re in, everyone should know that you don’t throw away cake unless you’re absolutely sure no one wants anymore.
Or, you know what? Just don’t throw away cake, because someone is always going to want more of it.
The person telling this story on r/malicious compliance worked at a job driving disabled folks who couldn’t do it themselves. Her employer shared an office and break room with a care facility for those types of folks.
There were about 2 dozen of each type of employee sharing space amicably.
Mostly amicably, anyway.
One day her boss, over the drivers, brought in a huge, elaborate birthday cake. Once they’d had their fill, he offered it up to the caretakers.
That’s when the trouble – an office “inspector” named Karen – entered the picture.
She didn’t like Tom, she was a cranky b, and she used the excuse that the cake might not have been safe to throw it all straight in the trash.
Tom, and the others, were furious.
Karen doubled down, saying that all food should be inspected by her going forward. ALL OF IT.
Enter the most amazing employees, who took out their anger and protectiveness of Tom on Karen by forcing her to inspect their sandwiches and offer expert opinions on the shelf life of mayonnaise.
The upped the ante to other types of lunches, but nothing could make her apologize to Tom.
That is, until he brought in the ultimate bucket of gross things to be inspected, god love him.
I think their bravery in standing up for him made him finally stand up for himself and I love it.
How could this have gone better? I really don’t think it could have.
Unless that gorgeous cake could have been saved in the first place, because losing it really does seem like a tragedy.